Kentucky Derby notebook: He’s the Derby contender Bob Baffert claims to fear most, and you could have bought him for $16,000 the week before Christmas. Maximum Security has galloped one of the most unlikely paths to this year’s Derby starting gate.
Kentucky Derby notebook: Trainer Mark Casse has retained his faith in War of Will through a poor final prep performance and a tough draw for Saturday's race. Meanwhile, jockey Mike Smith looks for a ride after Omaha Beach's scratch.
With morning-line favorite Omaha Beach out of the Kentucky Derby, rival trainers forecast a wide-open scramble among top contenders. Meanwhile, the scratched favorite's trainer, Richard Mandella, licked his wounds from an epic disappointment.
Cathryn Sophia went off as a 5-1 co-second choice in the Kentucky Oaks and broke cleanly, sitting in fourth place for much of the race as jockey Javier Castellano patiently waited to make his move. When he called on her to strike from the outside, she took the lead decisively and won by an easy three lengths in front of a record Oaks crowd of 124,589.
In the brief moment of silence after Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist drew the No. 13 post for Saturday's race, trainer Doug O'Neill looked over to owner Paul Reddam. "We were No. 13 and we won the Breeders' Cup," Reddam said, grinning.